Fake news, Facebook News, Brexit, WhatsApp hacks, and “enemy of the people”.
These are just some of the fast-changing stories that journalists across Europe are striving to cover – at times finding themselves at the centre of that story.
Europe’s newsrooms are facing multiple challenges as they adjust to a more populist environment, greater competition from digital rivals and continued financial constraints. For the sake of citizens, societies and world order, journalists and publishers must now navigate an ever more complex landscape to hold power to account.
“Fake news undermines well-informed democratic debate . . . It also destroys public confidence in media and adds to the financial pressures facing quality news organisations,” said James Lamont, Managing Editor of the Financial Times, when discussing a new UK-wide initiative to fight fake news.
The Future of News Europe, held in Amsterdam on 26 November, will gather top editors, executives and thought leaders from across print, TV and digital in Amsterdam to debate how to secure growth, safeguard transparency and promote quality journalism for the next generation.
At the fourth in the transatlantic Future of News conference series, some traditional news organisations will declare that they’ve emerged leaner, stronger and stealthier, having learned to battle – and partner – with digital rivals both large and small. The continent’s best-known executive and editorial teams will explain how they’ve embraced innovation, engagement with consumers, and fresh growth strategies.
Themes will include repositioning news as a public service, and a re-ignition of passion in the industry.
As Mishal Husain, a leading broadcaster at the BBC, in September told the FT Weekend Festival: “One thing that is positive is the fact that I — and I suspect all of us journalists today — have a renewed sense of mission and purpose.”